2 killed as small plane crashes in Thailand

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Bangkok, March 10 (IANS) A light aircraft crashlanded in Thailand’s Phuket island, killing two people and seriously injuring two others on Saturday, police said.

The trainer aircraft of Siam Aviation Association crashlanded in a rubber plantation in Thalang district of the resort province, about 840 km from Bangkok, Xinhua news agency reported.

According to Krissana Patanacharoen, Deputy Spokesman of the Royal Thai Police, the deceased were identified as pilot Wattana Thinphang-nga and Narin Thaveewat, a teacher at Thalang Technical College.

The injured were two students from the college, Thai media reported. The two students, who suffered severe injuries, were rushed to a hospital.

Krissana said the aircraft encountered strong wind when it tried to land after something went wrong with its engine, according to the initial investigation.

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Police were investigating the cause of the accident.

–IANS

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